15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

The official lineage of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA.

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This Reserve Force regiment originated on 2 February 1920 and incorporates the following regiments.

The 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA originated in Vancouver, British Columbia on 2 February 1920, when the '15th Brigade, CFA'was authorized to be formed.Footnote 1 It was redesignated:'15th Field Brigade, CA' on 1 July 1925;Footnote 2 '15th Field Brigade, RCA' on 3 June 1935;Footnote 3 '15th CoastBrigade, RCA' on 7 April 1938;Footnote 4 '15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA' on 15 July 1938;Footnote 5 '15th (Reserve) (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA' on 7 November 1940;Footnote 6 '15th Coast Regiment, RCA'on 1 April 1946;Footnote 7 and '15th Field Regiment, RCA' on 5 February 1948.Footnote 8 On 15 October 1959, it was amalgamated with the '43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' (see below), retaining the same designation.Footnote 9 It was redesignated '15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 12 April 1960.Footnote 10

Notes:

The 15th Brigade, CFA was authorized a Reserve order of battle counterpart on 1 November 1920 (GO 186/20). The reserve unit was disbanded on 14 December 1936 (GO 3/37).

The 15th Field Brigade, RCA was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 6 April 1938 and reorganized the next day (GO 95/38). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the brigade.

The 43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA originated in Vancouver, British Columbia on 15 May 1939, when the '1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' was authorized to be formed.Footnote 14 It was redesignated: '1st (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' on 7 November 1940;Footnote 15 and '43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946.Footnote 16 On 31 December 1954 it was amalgamated with the '102nd Coast Regiment, RCA' (see below), retaining the same designation.Footnote 17 It was redesignated the '43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' on 22 August 1955.Footnote 18 On 15 October 1959, it was amalgamated with the '15th Field Regiment, RCA', as above.

The 102nd Coast Regiment, RCA originated in Vancouver, British Columbia on 28 October 1948, when the 'Vancouver Coast Regiment, RCA' was authorized to be formed.Footnote 19 It was redesignated the '102nd Coast Regiment, RCA' on 29 September 1949.Footnote 20 On 31 December 1954, it was amalgamated with the '43rd Heavy Anti- Aircraft Regiment, RCA', as above.

Perpetuations

'No. 5 Canadian Siege Battery, CEF'

Headquarters Location

Vancouver, British Columbia

Allocated Batteries

  • 31st Field Battery, RCA
  • 68th Field Battery, RCA

Operational History

The First World War

No. 5 Canadian Siege Battery was mobilized in England as 'No. 165th (Canadian) Siege Battery, CEF' on 16 June 1916 from personnel from the 'Canadian Siege Artillery Depot'.Footnote 21 It was redesignated 'No. 5 Canadian Siege Battery, CEF' on 24 January 1917.Footnote 22 The battery disembarked in France on 21 September 1916,Footnote 23 where it provided siege artillery support as part of the 2nd Brigade, CGA, CEF in France and Flanders until the end of the war.Footnote 24 The battery was demobilized on 8 May 1919.Footnote 25

Note:

When an artillery regiment and its allocated batteries are amalgamated with another regiment and its allocated batteries, perpetuation is assigned to the batteries which maintain the same numerical designation. When a numerical designation is not continued, the perpetuation goes to the regiment as a whole.

The Second World War

The 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA was called out on service for local protection duties on 26 August 1939.Footnote 26 Details from the brigade were also mobilized for active service under the designation '15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.Footnote 27 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940 and the brigade mobilized an active service unit designated the '15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA, CASF' on 1 January 1941.Footnote 28 It was redesignated the '15th (Vancouver) Coast Regiment, RCA, CASF' on 1 June 1942.Footnote 29 The regiment provided coastal artillery support as part of the defences of Vancouver, British Columbia.Footnote 30 The regiment was disbanded on 1 March 1944.Footnote 31

Details of the 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA were mobilized for active service under the designation '1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.Footnote 32 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940.Footnote 33

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